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New SHRM Certifications-Talis Group recruiter one of first for exam

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A Talis Group recruiter among first to receive the new SHRM-Certified Professional (CP) certification!

Erin Stevens, Recruiter at Talis Group, (pictured at far right) visited Washington D.C. as part of the Indiana SHRM leadership team during the SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit. The group met with Senator Donnelly (pictured in middle back) as well as Senator Dan Coats and Congressman Todd Young. During her trip, Erin was one of the first HR practitioners to take the new SHRM-Certified Professional (CP) tutorial in its beta form before the official roll-out by SHRM on January 5th. Overall, certification was a hot topic for this conference, especially since SHRM recently announced they were creating their own HR certification in direct competition with HRCI, the certifying body for the last 20+ years. Many HR Councils and State Chapters were anxious to hear more information.

1. The certification tutorial for PHR, SPHR, GPHR certified individuals will be available to take on January 5, 2015 in order to obtain the certification WITHOUT taking the complete test. I personally recommend doing this before they begin charging for the test.
2. There is a demo available to try out at http://learnhrm.shrm.org/ls/
3. For the SHRM-CP exam, it will be 160 questions (90 knowledge/40 situational judgment/30 field test items).
4. For the SHRM- SCP (Senior Certified Professional) exam, it will be 180 questions (90 knowledge/60 situational judgment/30 field test items).
5. Until the end of 2016, SHRM will be offering incentives to state and local SHRM chapters to get their members SHRM certified.

SHRM’s tutorial started by explaining their “Bodies of Knowledge” and allowed you to pick different statements that make up your experience and point out areas you are most “knowledgeable.” SHRM then educates you on their research, and finally gives you three situations, followed by 3-4 questions pertaining to those situations presented. These questions were similar to what was experienced when taking the PHR certification. With two different certifications testing similar knowledge and requiring similar continuing education, it may be a difficult decision for Human Resources professionals on which to obtain and maintain.